Report: Chelsea to enter negotiations for 27-year-old after PSG's had £52m bid rejected

Chelsea have expressed their interest in entering negotiations with Inter Milan for Milan Skriniar as they continue their search for new defenders, according to Sky Italia.

Sky Italia claims that following the conclusion of the deal which will see Chelsea record signing Romelu Lukaku return to Inter on loan, the two cubs have an “excellent relationship”.

The negotiations between the clubs may not end with Lukaku’s deal, however, as the Blues have indicated their interest in Skriniar.

At the beginning of discussions over Lukaku’s deal, Chelsea had reportedly looked around to identify any interesting names in Inter’s squad.

The London club is now said to be ready to enter a separate negotiation over Skriniar.

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The report suggests that Inter are open to selling the Slovakia international, whom the Italian club deem as a necessary “sacrifice” to balance their books.

Chelsea are not the only club in the race for the 27-year-old, however, with Paris Saint-Germain having reportedly made their move earlier.

According to the report, PSG already made a bid worth €60million (close to £52m) for Skriniar which was considered too low by Inter.

The talks between PSG and Inter have reportedly come to a standstill with the former not prepared to meet the Italian club’s demands.

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Chelsea could take advantage of the situation to secure the deal for Skriniar, who started in 35 of the 38 Serie A matches Inter played last season.

Sky Italia, however, also mentioned the Blues’ pursuit of Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt, who seems to be Thomas Tuchel’s top target for the position.

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